Well, I quickly learned that the routine in the NHL is there's no routine, especially in comparison to my football days. At home there are variables to the schedule depending on what colleague TomT does. Some days, he might be doing the game story; some days, he may be doing the notebook/blog; sometimes he's doing both sometimes he's doing neither.
As for road games, there's only one of us there during the regular season and it's easily the busiest day. Here's what it's like. Let's assume it's in the Central time zone.
The visiting team always skates second in the morning skate _ and the Blues rarely totally scratch the morning skate.
So I usually get to the rink around 10:30 a.m. If possible, I'll listen to the opposing coach, or even go in the visiting locker room. (Sometimes there's stories there that we think might be of interest to local readers.)
By 11 a.m., I like to be in the stands (close to the ice) to watch the Blues come out and take a roll call. Once the morning skate starts at 11;30 a.m. take note of the line rushes, after the skate, interview players and Berube.
Write a blog for the internet. I like to go in-depth on these and cover a fair amount of ground. So it takes me a little time to get these out _ maybe 900 words. Grab some lunch while writing. Usually finish this by maybe 1:30- 2 p.m.) Take a little power nap if time permits. Then start on the newspaper notebook which appears the next day (but also on line by about midnight of the game-day.)
I like to get to the rink early for the game, usually about 2 1/2 hours before puck drop. I finish the notebook and file it before puck drop. I'll send a running game story right as the game ends, go down to the locker room for post-game interviews with players and Berube. Send a writethru on the game story adding stuff from the locker room, take off on the team charter. Sometimes I touch up that game story for online and file that once the plane lands. So we could be talking about between 2,500 to 3,500 words on these days.